Also known as Buildings & Grounds, the Parish Properties Commission has several major responsibilities, routine and cyclical maintenance of the Church, Bayne Hall, Rectory, and ancillary structures, grounds maintenance and beautification, building usage, code compliance, capital improvements, and emergency repairs. Led by the Junior Warden, the Properties Commission determines priorities and manages or performs those tasks affecting the physical well-being of the parish.
This 18th Century Colonial-era structure is the spiritual center of St. Johns and is the principal space for worship and music. Restored in the 1970s, the church regularly undergoes upgrading and repair. New windows were installed in 2013. and a new south door will be replaced shortly. The sanctuary contains three keyboard instruments: a historic tracker organ built by Jacob Hilbus in 1817, a large two-manual custom Allen Digital Organ installed in 2006, and an electronic Kawai piano.
Built in the mid-1960s, Bayne Hall houses church religious education, meeting and education spaces, and is the principal social space for the parish. Some spaces have been renovated including the Addison Room, the Rector’s office, the Nursery and Sunday School room. The Broad Creek Child Development Program has occupied the downstairs for many years, providing a morning pre-school program for two to four year olds in the surrounding community. Their playground includes a slide-topped brick storage building laid in Flemish bond to match the church’s brickwork.
Built on grounds outside the original church boundary, this 1960s-era structure has been home to all our Rectors. The large 4-level home provides welcoming spaces for entertaining as well as a library and meeting room. It was refurbished in April 2015 in preparation for its next occupant.
The St. Johns property is a lovely, partially wooded eight-acre tract containing about five acres of open space. Located in the Broad Creek Historic District it is bounded by a large stream on the west side, which crosses our northwest corner, and Livingston Road on the other.
It contains a baseball ﬁeld and a playground used by the school. The site is used for picnics, kite days and other outdoor activities. A variety of small ancillary structures are located around the property.
Throughout the year, the campus is ablaze with color as the Kwanzan cherry trees, daffodils and dogwood trees welcome Spring and Summer is celebrated with the brilliant colors of the crape myrtles which form a canopy over the brick walkway to the Church.
St. John’s is an integral part of the Broad Creek Historic District with tour groups frequently visiting our historic church and graveyard. A large Girl Scout Group meets in our facility during the school year Weekly yoga classes are being offered in Bayne Hall. The Tantallon Community Players use the hall for auditions and rehearsals and the Fort Washington Chorus meets here in preparation for their annual fun-filled patriotic 4th of July concert in nearby Fort Washington National Park and their much-anticipated annual Messiah concert in December. St. John’s also sponsors a Food Pantry, which is open on Saturday mornings and Homework Helpers, which provides tutoring to school age children during the school year.
Help is needed from Prince George’s County Planning Staff and Council Members to develop storm drainage abatement measures that will alleviate the storm water runoff from the adjoining properties – which include new high-density commercial developments upstream, and parkland owned by Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning.
Donations of Time, Talent or Treasure are always welcome.
To volunteer or make donations, CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE at 301-248-4290 OR MAIL DONATIONS TO: St. John’s Broad Creek, 9801 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744